Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) Trial

Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy is a gold standard treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In its current form, this therapy can be difficult for current and ex-serving ADF personnel to commit to, as the treatment usually takes 10 weeks.

About the trial

Early evidence suggests that providing exposure therapy in a more intensive, shorter format may be as effective as the standard approach. However, to date there have been no rigorous studies comparing the effectiveness of these two options in a real-world setting.

The Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) Trial is a partnership between Phoenix Australia, the Department of Defence and Open Arms and aims to see whether a condensed prolonged exposure treatment (10 sessions over a two-week period) is as effective as the current 10 week format. The trial is currently available at sites in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Townsville.


To register your interest or for further information, please contact restore@unimelb.edu.au or call 1800 856 824. Information is also available at your local Open Arms centre or by phoning 1800 011 046.


The trial partners would like to recognise their collaborators at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, the University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.